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Take a Walking Tour of the former MTS Grounds on May 22

When patients were admitted to the Chicago Muncipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium on the corner of Pulaski and Bryn Mawr avenues, they usually didn’t leave for months and often years. Anticipating that patients with the infectious disease would require not only a full range … Continue reading

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Autumn visit

On a warm, sunny fall day in Chicago, I walked around the former Sanitarium grounds for a closer look at details I may have missed or didn’t have time to notice on previous tours.  In particular, I looked at decorative elements on the exteriors … Continue reading

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Eight and a Half Months in the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium: One Patient’s Experience in the 1940s

A guest blogpost by William G. Mayer My father, Joseph C. Mayer, was born in Chicago in August 1918. He lived on the near north side of the city until he married my mother in 1954. While growing up, I knew … Continue reading

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Life at the Sanitarium

What’s now known as the Peterson Park Gymnastics Center served as the backdrop for this 1920s-era patriotic pageant of young tuberculosis patients. Although the interior was gutted to accommodate the gymnasium, the exterior looks exactly the same today. The building … Continue reading

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Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium Through the Eyes of a Patient-Artist

With lovely details and a light, often humorous tone, the cartoons portray ordinary moments in the lives of female patients at the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium during the mid-1960s. Continue reading

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Going Away to Camp MTS

In addition to getting fresh air and exercise, many children received much-needed medical care including dental work and eye exams. Half the children who attended camp during the summer of 1924 had their tonsils removed. Continue reading

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Early members of the MTS medical staff

Among the physicians who worked for the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium in its early years were a pair of brothers, Dr. Ellis B. Freilich (left) and Dr. Harry H. Freilich (right). Dr. Ellis Freilich was first to work for the Municipal … Continue reading

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Why TB cases declined when they did

Most medical professionals will say the discovery of streptomycin as a cure accounts for the reduced incidence of the disease in the early 1960s. As a result of this decline, the Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitorium closed in 1974. In today’s Wall Street … Continue reading

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A Job in the Microbiology Lab

A guest post by Susan Cachel During the summer of 1968, I was employed in the Microbiology Lab at the Municipal TB Sanitarium. Dr. Robert Thompson {editor’s note: Governor James Thompson’s father}, the head of the lab and a very … Continue reading

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Snowy Day, April 1938

On a rare snow-laden April day–the city’s snowiest April on record— Dr. William J. Ford photographed the grounds of the Muncipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium … … and he took a photo of the same spot on a summer day. Dr. Ford … Continue reading

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